Thursday, July 10, 2008

Virginia: Rejection. Another Execution.

Kent Jermaine Jackson was put to death tonight for a murder of a 79-year old woman that was committed in 2000. The 26-year old was executed by injection. According to the Associated Press, his last words were,"You all can't kill me. I'm the king. Remember me like you remember Jesus. I'll be back."

Joseph M. Dorsett was also charged in connection with the same murder, but only sentenced to 135 years in prison. Jackson's lawyers contended that Dorsett was the actual killer and a clemency petition emphasizing this point was sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. The Governor responded:

"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts. Accordingly, I decline to intervene."
It is reported that the execution was the 101st execution in Virginia since the death penalty was allowed to resume by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. See story here and here.


Anonymous said...

These two animals raped and murdered my 79 year old cousin. She was a decent Godfearing woman who worked with the homeless and downtrodden. She had just returned from work, when she viciously attacked her. It is still incomprehensible to me how these men could so vilely treat an elderly woman.

I say justice was served.

Barbara Anne Dove

Anonymous said...

Ms. Dove,
My heart sincerely goes out to you and your family. I hope you believe me when I say words can never express the pain we all feel from this senseless crime. But my grandson, Kent Jackson is not / was not an animal. And he should not have been put to death. He did not rape or murder Mrs. Kaiser. Yes he was there, and yes he deserved to be punished but all the evidence proves and verifies that Kent DID NOT rape her and neither did he brutalize her with that cane. Justice was not served because one of the real killers made a deal with the prosecutors and is still walking the streets of Newport News unpunished and the other one may be out on parole one day. The others involved were not even charged. The media and the legal system want everyone to believe this is now a closed case but if you are courageous enough to seek out the truth you will find that Kent was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it cost him his life, but he was not the killer. Again, I pray that you and your family will find peace in the memories of Mrs. Kaiser and that you will also find it in your heart to forgive. Justice was not served.

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